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Familiar face is now foe

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

Last year there were times when Mike Morrison didn't know whether he was coming or going.

The Phoenix Coyotes goaltender was shuffled back and forth between Greenville and Edmonton before finishing out the season in Ottawa.

Yesterday, the Medford, Massachusetts, native was back at Rexall Place facing his former team, trying to earn the backup role with the Coyotes.

He played the first half of the game, giving up three goals on 16 shots before making way for Josh Tordjman.

"It was good to get out there against the old boys in Rexall Place," Morrison said. "It was a fun game."

Two of the goals Morrison let in came on five-on-three power plays. Rob Schremp beat him on a one timer, and then Raffi Torres tipped on in front. Toby Petersen then beat him on a two-on-one break.

"I felt bad for him because he had two and a half minutes of five on threes," said Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky. "Guys at this level, five on three makes it pretty vulnerable for a goalie. I was happy with the way Mike played. Giving up those two goals on the five-on-three, I'm not going to really worry about that I thought he had a good night."

Morrison won his first three games as an Oiler last season, and finished with a 10-4 record in Edmonton. There was a time when it looked like he could be the answer to the team's goaltending woes, but eventually the bubble burst.

The Coyotes signed Morrison as a free agent to battle with David LeNeveu and Philippe Sauve for the backup position behind Curtis Joseph.

"He has a chance," said Coyotes goaltending coach Grant Fuhr. "We have a few guys who have a chance. We're hoping that one of them steps forward and grabs the job."


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